February 2018 Newsletter

2018 Conference on American Life in Bentonville, Arkansas

On January 18-19, National ACE was pleased to attend the 2018 Conference on American Life in Bentonville, Arkansas, hosted by Walmart.  This conference provided enriching policy conversations about how Americans will live, work, save, and spend in the future.  Many of the country’s top thinkers, doers, and policymakers convened to explore and share data and insights on American families, explore economic revitalization in communities, and to discuss the future of work.  Speakers and panelists included: Doug McMillon, President & CEO, Walmart; Soledad O’Brian, Anchor for Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien; Timothy Flacke, Executive Director, Commonwealth; J.D. Vance, American Author and Venture Capitalist; Levar Stoney, Mayor, Richmond, VA; Cheryl Grace, SVO, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances & Consumer Engagement, Nielsen; Quinten Farmer, Co-Founder, Even; Lee Rainie, Director of Internet & Technology Research, Pew Research Center; Rebecca Taylor, SVP, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences; Oliver Gilbert, Mayor, Miami Gardens, FL; Sujata Luther, EVP, Consumer Insights, Nickelodeon Group; Dr. Arun Sundararajan, New York University Professor & Author of The Sharing Company; and Eric Mitchell, AVP Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, AT&T.  Topics included how the American family is spending and saving/financial stability & innovation; how American families live/economic revitalization & American communities; US manufacturing & American communities; and how Americans work/21st century skills & training.
 


ACE Foundation Board Meeting
 
On January, 25, the ACE Foundation held its first Board of Directors meeting of the year at Toyota North America’s Headquarters in Plano, TX.  The Board Chairman, Dennis Huang, presided over the meeting, in which we discussed the previous year’s accomplishments, planned events for 2018, and welcomed Ian So, CEO, Chicken & Rice Guys, as the newest member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. 

We are especially grateful to Board Member Tracey Doi, CFO, Toyota North America, for hosting us at Toyota’s brand new facility.  The next meeting will be in Washington, DC in May, 2018.
 


National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship Community Reception Hosted by Toyota North America
 

On January 25, National ACE hosted state and local members of Asian American Chambers of Commerce for a special reception at Toyota North America’s Headquarters in Plano, TX. With about 80 people in attendance, we were welcomed to the reception by Tracey Doi, CFO, Toyota North America.  The special guest was Texas State Representative Angie Chen Button who gave a rousing speech about the economic growth taking place in Texas, the significant impact minority owned businesses have on the economy, and pursuing the American dream. 

ACE President and CEO, Chiling Tong, highlighted the important work being done by Asian American Chambers throughout the country.  After the reception, all guests were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the recently opened and very impressive Toyota HQ Plano Campus.
 


National ACE Board Meeting
 
On January, 26, the National ACE held its first Board of Directors meeting of the year at Toyota North America’s Headquarters in Plano, TX.  Most Board Members will in attendance, with several joining us via conference call.  All Committee Chairs (or Chair Representative) were able to update the Board on their committee’s work and progress. 
Both the President, Chiling Tong, and new Board Chairman, Amar Shokeen,presented their reports on the state of National ACE affairs.  The presented schedule of 2018 planned events was not only extensive, but reflective of the growth that has taken place at National ACE throughout the last year.  The Board was happy to unanimously approve the nominations of its newest Board Members, Thear Suzuki, Managing Partner, EY, and Andrew Chau, Co-Founder, Boba Guys. We are excited about what they will both bring to our organization.  We are very thankful for everyone’s participation and especially grateful for Helene Yan’s leadership as Chairman throughout 2017, Amar Shokeen as the new Chairman, and Tracey Doi for inviting the Board to Toyota’s headquarters in Plano, TX.  The next Board Meeting will be held in Washington, DC in May.

 
Upcoming Events

 FEBRUARY 2018 
9th Annual State and National Asian Business Legislative Summit
Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 
Time: 1 pm – 3:00 pm EST
Event Type: Summit
Host: VA Asian Chamber of Commerce and National ACE
Location: Virginia State Capitol
1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA 23218

9th Annual State and National Asian Business Legislative Reception
Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 
Time: 5 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Event Type: Reception
Host: VA Asian Chamber of Commerce and National ACE
Location: SunTrust Bank Building- Downtown Richmond 
Piedmont Conference Center – 4th Floor 
919 East Main Street Richmond, VA 23219 

 MARCH 2018 
Business Webinar
Date: Tuesday March 6, 2018
Time: TBD
Event Type: Webinar / Seminar
Host: EXIM, National ACE, and ACE Foundation

 APRIL 2018 
ACE NextGen Retreat
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Event Type: Conference
Host: NextGen, ACE Foundation, and National ACE
Location: TBD

 MAY 2018 
National ACE Board Meeting
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Event Type: Meeting
Host: National ACE
Location: Washington, DC
 
ACE Foundation Board Meeting
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Event Type: Meeting
Host: ACE Foundation
Location: Washington, DC
 
MOU Partnership Meeting
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
Event Type: Meeting
Host: National ACE and ACE Foundation
Location: Washington, DC
 
2018 National AAPI Business Summit
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM– 4:30 PM EST
Event Type: Conference
Host: US Dept. of Commerce, MBDA, National ACE, and ACE Foundation
Location: US Dept of Commerce1401 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20230
 
Capitol Hill Visits 
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Event Type: Meetings
Host: National ACE
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

 JUNE 2018 
Webinar
Date: Tuesday June 5, 2018
Time: TBD
Event Type: Webinar
Host: EXIM, National ACE, ACE Foundation

 JULY 2018 
Academy Training
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Event Type: training
Host: Next Gen, National ACE, and ACE Foundation
Location: TBD

 SEPTEMBER 2018 
Webinar

Date: Wednesday September 5, 2018
Time: TBD
Event Type: Webinar / Seminar
Host: EXIM, National ACE, ACE Foundation

 OCTOBER 2018 
Boston Conference
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Event Type:Conference
Host:NextGen, National ACE, and ACE Foundation
Location: Boston, MA
 
National ACE Board Meeting
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Event Type: Meeting
Host: National ACE
Location: Boston, MA
 
ACE Foundation Board Meeting
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Event Type: Meeting
Host: ACE Foundation
Location: Boston, MA